Cori Walters, Executive Director of the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank is delighted that her organization has met its goals for RSVPs for the organization's upcoming Recipe for Hope Breakfast fundraiser. Although she says, they could still squeeze in a few more guests at the event on Thursday, October 17th at Eastridge Church. But she still worries about her clients who are still facing a tough winter ahead. And she hopes the community will help provide for their needs with not only donations of food, but clothing, winter boots and even camping gear.
Walters says that the majority of her organization’s clients are “working poor” and others are on a fixed income, unable to work because of an injury, chronic illness or their age. What they all have in common is a daily struggle to pay their bills and feed and clothe themselves and their families on limited incomes.
She says that she often sees when clients come to the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank, that their kids not only are facing food shortage challenges on a regular basis, but are also without warm winter coats and boots.
As you do some “fall cleaning” of your closets, Walters says please keep in mind that they welcome donations of seasonally appropriate, clean, gently used clothing, for all ages, in all sizes. And you can donate anytime, 24 hours a day, using the organization's outdoor donation box, located in front of its office at 179 1st Ave. SE in downtown Issaquah. And right now, clients need winter appropriate coats, shoes and boots, in all sizes and for all ages. Donations of new socks and underwear, hats and gloves are also welcome. The organization’s website has the most up to date list of donations that the food and clothing bank's clients currently need.
Other items always in demand says Walters are toiletries and cleaning supplies which clients are provided once a month including laundry soap, toilet paper, feminine supplies and shampoo. As essential as these items are says Walters, they are not covered by food stamps.
Walters says Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank will be joining other eastside organizations and faith communities to support Tent City 4, which will arrive Saturday as guests of Sammamish’s Mary, Queen of Peace Catholic church. The organization also frequently partners with Eastside Baby Corner to provide for financially challenged families with young children, and is always in need of diapers, baby wipes, formula, clean, gently used baby clothing and baby food. Walters says that her clients sometimes are so financially challenged that they have to stretch their diaper supply, changing their babies less frequently and she says, “we never want to skimp on that”.
And clients of the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank also need your donations of camping equipment including tents, clean and gently used sleeping bags and tarps, as some of them are homeless and camping every day, even in the worst of the winter weather.
Volunteers are always needed at the Issaquah Food and Clothing Bank for a variety of activities. More information on volunteering is on the organization's website. And Walters says the food and clothing bank welcomes groups and families hosting "donation drives" for the items their clients will need this winter. Get more information about how to host a donation drive by calling 425 392-4123.